Border Field State Park: California & Mexico Border

As I sit in the picnic area of the park with beautifully cut grass, looking over the massive fence that separates the US and Mexico, it is hard not to think about how blessed we are. In my short time at this park I have seen people on the other side just sitting and staring […]

Peter Strauss Ranch in Malibu Hills

Update Nov 2018: Unfortunately this property was lost in the Woolsey Fire. After arriving for breakfast at the Old Place Restaurant I was greeted with a 45 minute wait. I walked outside to sit down then noticed there was a historic park literally right across the street. One that even housed the largest swimming pool […]

Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

After visiting and hiking Saddleback Butte State Park I took the 10 minute drive over to Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park, the other State Park in the area. I literally had done little research as to what it was and did not know what to expect other than that I was visiting another […]

Saddleback Butte State Park: Little Butte Trail

Saddleback Butte State Park is the often overlooked park on the West edge of the Mojave Desert, East of Lancaster. This State Park was created in 1960 to protect the Butte and the plants and animals that live in this barren desert. I arrived early on a June morning and set out to hike to […]

San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura

As far as beaches go, for me I am simply concerned with  how clean is it and how many people are there. These two questions often go hand in hand as many of the nice beaches in SoCal are heavily visited and not always kept up. This is not the case for San Buenaventura State […]

Tule Elk State Natural Reserve

On my quest to visit all of the California State Parks I made a small pit stop off the 5 freeway at the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve. This particular park was on the short list of parks to get axed last year but since that measure did not pass it is still open for […]

El Presidio State Park in Santa Barbara

While traveling California, one of the things I have become immersed in is the pursuit and discovery of State Parks. California has over 200, and you can see a list of them here. So when walking through Santa Barbara, I had to check out El Presidio State Park. Details Open every day from 10:30 am – 4:30 […]

Bluffs Trail in Montaña de Oro

I was looking for a nice little adventure after spending a night at the Madonna Inn and I literally stumbled on the Montaña de Oro State Park which includes the Bluffs Trail. About 5 miles South of Morro Bay, this stretch of coast is one of the more beautiful and easy access hiking areas in the central coast. The highlight […]

Whiskeytown Falls: A Hidden Waterfall

The State Park of Whiskeytown is about 15 miles outside of Redding and has a ton of stuff to do. It surronds a huge and beautiful lake that has beaches, hiking and water sports for every member of the family. When I went there, I went for one of the widely recognized “best waterfalls in […]

California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside

On a quest to visit all of the California State Parks I realized that there was one right in my backyard of Riverside, CA known as the California Citrus State Park. I had been here a couple of times for weddings and such but never to explore so I grabbed my camera and bulldog and […]